For several reasons ? some technical issues and a dire lack of time ? the blog has been on hiatus for much too long, but what better reason to revive it than another plea for help for the embattled Tarlabaşı Community Centre ?
The centre was founded in 2005 as a project of the Istanbul Bilgi University Centre for Migration Research and was initially funded by the European Union. Later a private foundation covered the costs for keeping the increasingly popular community centre afloat, but with outside support finally trickling to a halt, the centre which had provided courses, creative workshops and psychological counsel for about 4,500 children and almost 2,500 grownups, finally had to close its doors and move into a much smaller space a few streets down from its former location.
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